About Our Program
See general FAQ about the SAT
What is Ivy Global’s track record?
In our programs, students have improved an average of 200 points on their
SAT scores. Overall, you can expect our students to improve anywhere between
100 – 400 points.
What are the class sizes?
Class sizes are typically 5-10 students. In addition to our primary instructor
in class, we provide additional support with teacher assistants who help students
periodically with tailored one-on-one help. Please follow this link for a
current list of SAT classes.
How is Ivy Global different than other schools?
Most schools provide low-quality instructors lacking the experience and expertise
necessary for effective teaching. Usually, the instructional method is generic
and fails to recognize each student’s unique needs. Ivy Global is committed
to a uniquely tailored program and only using top quality instructors.
Who are your instructors?
We hand-pick instructors who combine high-academic achievement with a passion
for teaching. Many of our instructors are graduates of top US colleges and
experts in writing and teaching standardized tests. Meet some of our SAT
instructors and tutors here.
What if I miss a class session?
If you miss a class, we will be able to schedule a 2 hr private tutoring
session to make up for the missed class at no extra charge. If you are expecting
to miss more than one class, please call us to discuss options.
Do classes run on holidays?
Unless otherwise noted, classes that are scheduled through a national holiday
will run on that day.
Can I sample a class?
Students can arrange to drop in and observe one session of a currently running
course in their location, as long as this is authorized by our office. Please
call to schedule.
Do I get to choose my tutor?
We try to accommodate the student's request but the match depends heavily
on the student's and the tutor's schedule. Regardless, we can assure you that
our tutors are experienced, have exceptional academic credentials and a deep
commitment to seeing their students succeed.
How much homework is given for each class? What if I am unable to
complete all the assignments and homework?
The amount of homework assigned varies for each course, but in all cases
there is significant flexibility. The instructor will always assign a “bare
minimum” amount of homework with additional work optional. If a student
is unable to complete the “bare minimum” work before class, the
instructor will work with the student to devise a catch-up schedule. We understand
the hectic nature of the student life, and our instructors and courses reflect
What makes Ivy Global's program so unique? What makes it more effective
than other programs?
There are several factors that distinguish Ivy Global from other test prep
Teacher quality: Our instructors are knowledgeable, experienced,
and committed to helping students maximize their test scores.
Individualized approach: Our classes are customized according
to the needs of every student. At too many prep agencies, instructors rely
on scripted material. Our instructors engage directly with students, answering
questions and responding to concerns as they arise. Our prep programs offer
flexible homework assignments to suit students with varying schedules.
Close teacher-student rapport: Our instructors gain a
deep understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, and personality of each
student. This understanding allows the instructor to shape the class according
to the needs of students.
Selective prep material: The prep books and practice tests
employed in our classes are chosen after a rigorous evaluative process.
Unlike many other test prep agencies, which utilize material from only one
source, we use the best materials available from all sources.
Real practice tests: Many other test prep agencies utilize
unrealistic practice tests that have not been written or approved by the
actual test-makers. Our courses rely on real practice tests from the test-makers.
What is the ACT?
The ACT is a standardized college entrance exam. The test covers the following
subject areas: English grammar, math, reading, science, and writing (which
is optional). The majority of American colleges accept either the ACT or SAT.
See below for more information about the ACT (and how it compares to the SAT).
Should I take the SAT or ACT?
Previously, the ACT was the test preferred by colleges in the midwestern
United States, while the SAT was preferred by schools on the east and west
coasts as well as in the northeast. However, an increasing number of schools
are now accepting the ACT; in fact, at present, the majority of colleges in
the United States will accept the ACT in lieu of the SAT.
This is excellent news for students, who can now choose between these two
distinct tests in accordance with their particular skills. Here are some ways
in which the two tests differ:
- Unlike the SAT, the ACT test includes a science section.
- Unlike the ACT, the SAT has a guessing penalty.
- Unlike the SAT, the ACT tests trigonometry.
- The vocabulary on the SAT is more difficult than that on the ACT.
Ultimately, the best way to tell which test is better for you is to try writing
each test. Of course, before you commit to either the ACT or SAT, check the
application material from your schools of interest to ensure that they accept
the test you plan to take.
Should I take an SAT class or private tutoring?
Both our SAT classes and private
SAT tutoring services offer thorough preparation in terms of the strategy
and substance of the SAT. The private tutoring option is best suited for those
who work best in a one-on-one context. These students might include those
with special learning needs or those who want to focus on only one of the
three sections of the SAT. The class option is an excellent choice for those
who enjoy the classroom environment. Teamwork, friendly competition, and laughter
are important aspects of our classes.
If I do SAT tutoring, do I need to sign-up for the complete tutoring
No. We offer tutoring per session in addition to the complete tutoring package.
We recommend tutoring per session for those students who are unsure how many
sessions they need and also want to just try out tutoring to see if it might
be effective for them.
What are the main differences between Ivy Global's different SAT
At Ivy Global, we offer three types of classes: the three-week summer course,
the one-week crash course, and the eight-week course.
The three-week summer course (60 hours total) offers the most intensive,
detailed test preparation, with ample time for students to practice writing
in true test conditions. Both the content and strategies of the SAT are covered
in depth. Students write four full practice exams during the three-week course.
Daily homework assignments are given, with options provided to busier students.
The one-week crash course (24 hours total) offers a condensed introduction
to the most successful SAT strategies. Also included is a review of the substantive
material tested on the SAT. Students write a mini-diagnostic SAT as well as
one full practice test during the weeklong course.
The eight-week course (32 hours total) covers the same material as the one-week
crash course, with more practice time built into the classes. Given that this
course often runs during the school year, homework assignments are flexible,
with a minimum core amount of homework and optional additional homework assigned.
Students write a mini-diagnostic SAT at the beginning of the course and finish
with a full test on the last day.
Learn more about our classes.
Will the student be taking practice exams during classes?
Yes. Experiencing the test under accurate test conditions is an integral
element of test preparation. In each of our classes, students take practice
exams and also write a substantial number of practice sections in true test
conditions. Our longer courses (the three-week summer courses) offer more
What is a typical class like?
A typical class consists of a combination of lecture-based explanation, individual
practice sections, and collaborative discussion. Our small classes make it
possible for teachers to respond directly to student concerns about particular
questions or concepts. Our instructors maintain a relaxed atmosphere. A typical
class ends with our famous vocabulary game, fueled by friendly competition
Will students lose the information between the course and the test?
It is certainly vital for students to review course material after the course
has ended until the date of the test. However, in general we recommend that
students take the course early in their test prep schedule, to allow for maximum
time to practice strategies and test-taking techniques. Students may find
that they can continue to improve upon their weaknesses by reviewing, drilling,
and writing additional practice tests while utilizing the strategies they’ve
learned in our prep courses.
My son or daughter needs particular help with one section of the
SAT. Does your program address individual needs?
All of our SAT prep classes strive to respond to the particular needs of
our students. The instructors are trained to maximize class time according
to the individual student's strengths and weaknesses.
Nonetheless, for a student who has truly mastered two of the three sections
of the SAT I (Math, Reading, and Writing), one-on-one
SAT tutoring may be the optimal choice.
What if I need more help after an SAT class?
We recommend taking one-on-one private SAT tutoring
sessions if you need additional help. This provides a tailored curriculum
for the areas you need particular help with.
Do you offer other services for students interested in applying to
In addition to our SAT prep program, we also offer education consulting services.
Our consulting services are comprised of both long-term strategic consulting
(for younger students) and also application packaging (for senior high school
students commencing the college application process.)
See here for more
information about our consulting services.